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Last updated: 04 June, 2011 - Published 17:51 GMT
 
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Roshen's funeral takes place amidst controversy
 
Funeral of Roshen Chanaka, an employee of Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ
Funeral of Roshen Chanaka, an employee of Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ) took place at Gal-Oluwa in Minuwangoda on Saturday with military protection.

Thousands of people including FTZ employees, opposition politicians, trade union members, and NGOs gathered at the funeral ceremony to pay last respects.

The 24-year-old was injured during a demonstration on Monday, held to protest against the proposed private pension scheme, and later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The body of Roshen Chanaka was taken to the Gal-Oluwa Church in Minuwangoda on Saturday morning for religious observances earlier than announced.

The angered parents and relatives said that while the grave was being dug, the body had been taken to the church without advanced notice.

Father of Roshan Chanaka, Quintus Ratnaweera said that he was not aware of the background under which the court order had been taken to hold funeral rites at the church.

He cast doubts whether his son had been influenced by authorities to give consent to it where as it had to be done by the parents.

Roman Catholic priest of the Gal- Oluwa Church, Christopher Madurawela told media that he was acting upon the court order, and it was a special occasion to facilitate the late Roshen Chanaka.


Opposition politician, Dr.Jayalath Jayawardena said that the presence of military in the Catholic Church was immoral and unethical.

Trade Unionists and Activists expressed anger and said that they were unable to hold the funeral with due respects to the late Roshen Chanaka.

 
 
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